KEN Livingstone, the Mayor of London, has submitted a new bid to stage the prologue of the Tour de France in the capital in 2007.
During a weekend of celebrations to mark the Entente Cordial, which involved a cycle ride between Paris and London, Ken Livingstone presented his ideas to Tour chief Jean-Marie Leblanc.
Although no decision has been made and London will have to wait until next year to find out officially, reports from the celebration dinner suggest the first leg of the Tour will be held in he UK.
Ken Livingstone said: “It would be a fantastic honour for London's historic landmarks to join those of France and its capital in forming the backdrop to one of the world's greatest sporting events.
“We would guarantee the Tour de France one of the most spectacular Grand Departs”.
It is hoped that the success of the Tour of Britain cycle race and recent Olympic cycling triumphs, will improve the chances of hosting the world’s most famous cycle race.